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The farewell party

Today is my farewell party for the Chilean friends I have made over the years. We combine this with my birthday, which is officially tomorrow, but since that’s a Sunday and people don’t have time… we celebrate it all today.

Me leaving Chile is kind of closing one chapter of my life and starting a new one. I will leave a lot of good friends behind and probably I will see some sad faces in the next couple of weeks, nevertheless I have my opportunities in The Netherlands and there is where I can rebuild my life.

Leaving a place that you have lived for 9.5 years is tough, but I’m sure we all will be OK. I don’t think I’ll be heading back here however, I know the place and I have been here enough, I’ve got other places to visit now.

All this time I never visited my brother in Canada for instance, well bro, if you read this… I’m planning to give you all a visit somewhere at the end of the year or the beginning of the next one, once I’m settled and have everything arranged.

Getting my own home & place to live will be my top priority for the time being. Once that’s done, I’ll be taking one month to decorate the place and getting all my stuff in order. After that, back to work :)

Bye Windows, hello Linux

More and more of my servers are being migrated to Linux, a notable one is my firewall. I have used TMG for many, many years, ever since MS released that product as “ISA Server” up to “Forefront TMG” 

Since Microsoft announced that they won’t be releasing new versions of TMG it was time for me to look for alternatives. After some searching I decided to go for a linux solution with the use of some (open source) Windows tools

I’ve installed Ubuntu server, the LTS release and used fwbuilder to create a nice firewall using their gui. Of course there was still a lot of configuring to be done with Ubuntu, but I got it working.

For application publishing I’m now using Web Application Proxy, which is part of Windows Server 2012 R2. This allows me to publish a few apps I got running here in a secure manner.

I’m quite happy with this change overall. It was quite a bit of work, but the end result is a nice one.

Bad luck strikes… I broke my wrist

During a skating run I fell backwards and broke my wrist on the ice. I got a nasty fracture with my wrist and this will need cirgury to get it straightened out.

The ice skating facilities had evening perfectly arranged, they took me to the traumatologist by ambulance, there they straightened out my wrist somewhat and put it into a cast„, this though didn’t doo too much good in the long run.

The cast was too tight and last night while screaming of pain we decided to go to the clinic here and they saw immediately what was going on. The cast has been replaced, surgery has been scheduled for next Monday.

Although an accident like this is rather painful the recovery time I have been told can be quick. In about 6 weeks I should be rid of the worst part.

Ill update this post once I know more.

Sharing mobile internet with your tablet

Left: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3; Right: Samsung S III Mini

Nowadays you can buy tablets with 3G on them, allowing you to stick in a SIM card with a mobile data subscription on it. This rather pricey approach got me thinking when I was about to buy my new tablet a few days ago.

I thought by myself… I have internet on my smart phone. Should I get 3G/4G on my tablet now as well? Then it hit me, didn’t have my mobile phone a feature called ‘internet tethering’? Yes, it has!

What is tethering?

Tethering allows you to share your mobile internet via either Bluetooth,  WiFi or even a simple USB cable. Most newer mobile smartphones have this feature. Once setup, you can use a different device (like a tablet, or laptop) to connect to it and use it’s mobile internet.

Setting up Bluetooth tethering is ridiculously simple. Just enable it in your Bluetooth settings, pair the 2 devices and you’re good to go! That’s it!

My new tablet, with mobile internet, without 3G

I ended up buying the Samsung Tab 3 tablet, which goes nicely together with my Samsung Galaxy SIII mini.

My father bought me a nice cover for it, so I can take it along when I’m on the road. I have Internet wherever I go and everything works perfectly fine. Best of all, this saved me at least about 200 USD in expenses for buying the tablet and a subscription with the phone company.

So if you’re looking for using your tablet on the go with a mobile internet connection, your phone might already have everything you need :)

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